10 MORE Smart English Words to Use at Work — Part 2

Sep 11, 2019 | 4 comments

Holy smokes! In July, I did a lesson on 10 Smart English Words to Use at Work and it immediately became our most popular lesson ever on YouTube. 🔥So today I want to share 10 more and here’s why:

Adding advanced vocabulary to your daily English can help you communicate professionally, sound confident & clear, and be more prepared for any situation. That’s why I want to help you add 10 more smart English words to your daily English.

But… I have one caution: don’t overuse them. 

I see a lot of students try to use too many high-level words in 1 sentence or in a couple of sentences. This sounds unnatural. It’s best to use these words sparingly, which means only sometimes.

With these 10 smart English words, you’ll get example sentences so you know exactly how to use them and the opportunity to practice.

Are you ready? Let’s go.

More smart English words to build your advanced vocabulary.

Lesson by Annemarie

10 More Smart English Words for Work for Right Now

Number 1: Adept

to be highly skilled or well trained in a particular discipline; an expert 

Example: I want to help you become an adept English speaker.

Number 2: Ambivalent

uncertainty when choosing between two options

Example: I’m pretty ambivalent about dinner tonight. Both Korean and Italian sound good.

Number 3: Deviate

to stray or go off course

Example: The deadline for this project is tomorrow. Now is not the time to deviate from our strategy.

Number 4: Fiasco

a total failure

Example: Honestly, this partnership has been a total fiasco from the start. It’s time to rethink whether we want to work with this company.

Number 5: Flabbergasted

surprised ; astonished and somewhat speechless.

Example: I was flabbergasted watching him explode in the meeting like that. It was truly inappropriate.

Number 6: Impeccable

flawless; free from or incapable of fault or blame

Example: My boss is an impeccable dresser. 

Number 7: Kibosh

to stop something

Example: We had to put the kibosh on our daughter’s spending while she’s at college — she was buying way more than she could afford.

Number 8: Egalitarian

a belief in the equality of all people

Example: My friend says he works at a very egalitarian workplace — everyone is on a first-name basis and everyone has the same office, even the boss.

Number 9: Zealous

enthusiastic, often to the point of fanatical

Example: My boss can be a bit zealous when it comes to staying on brand. 

Number 2: A Catch-22:

a lose-lose situation

This comes from a book with the same title, ‘Catch-22‘ by Joseph Heller.

Similar idioms are: 

  • to be between a rock and a hard place
  • damned if you do, damned if you don’t

Example: I’m in a real Catch-22. I can’t find anyone to cover my shift at work but if I cancel my medical appointment, I can’t get a new one scheduled for 2 months. I don’t know what to do.

What’s your favorite smart English word?

Now it’s time for you to practice these smart English words. My favorite 2 words from this list are flabbergasted and Catch-22. What about you?

  1. Choose your 2 favorites and try using them in your own sentence. And remember: keep your sentences simple.

Don’t try to use too many of these words together because it won’t sound natural. Instead, I want you to sound smart and professional, so using simple language with an occasional advanced-level word is perfect.

And if you missed my first lesson this topic, you can get it here.

Have a fantastic Confident English Wednesday!

~ Annemarie

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